Power utility giant Manila Electric Co. has committed support for the government’s transportation infrastructure development efforts crucial to the country’s pandemic recovery and economic growth.
Meralco president and CEO Atty. Ray C. Espinosa met with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) officials and affirmed the power distributor’s assistance through continuing pole relocation and energization activities in support of the agency’s ongoing and planned transportation projects geared towards greatly benefiting the public.
“As the country’s largest power distribution utility, Meralco is cognizant of the importance of stable and reliable electric service in the timely completion and effective operations of DOTr’s infrastructure projects. The government can always count on Meralco’s continued and full support for these initiatives which will help spur the Philippines’ post-pandemic recovery and renewed drive towards economic progress,” Espinosa said.
Among the new transportation projects requiring substantial power supply are the LRT-1 Cavite Extension Packages 2 and 3, North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Extension from Calamba to Batangas; MRT-4; LRT-2 East Cogeo Extension; LRT-2 West Extension; LRT-6 Cavite Line A; MRT-7 Extension Project; EDSA Greenways; EDSA Bus Rapid Transit-Busway Concourse; Pasig River Expressway; Southern Access Link Expressway; and Northern Access Link.
Meralco is also currently undertaking a pole relocation project in support of the ongoing construction of NAIAx-EDSA Tramo Connecting Ramp and Skyway Stage 4.
Meralco and DOTr are likewise working together to ensure the timely grant of necessary permits and rights-of-way (ROW), clearances, access and authority for properties within their jurisdiction, in order for Meralco to fully implement the related relocation projects and to continuously operate its electrical facilities.
Since 2020, Meralco has relocated more than 2,500 poles and has energized 21 facilities to support the government’s infrastructure projects.